Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 08/25/10

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Wed, 08/25/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Katherine Hughes about the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, who was a respected oncologist in New York state when, in 2003, he was charged with using his humanitarian organizaton, Help the Needy, as a front for terrorist activities. He was held withthout bail for 31 months and then sentenced to 22 years in a U.S. prison. 
 
Katherine Hughes has followed his case for years and she believes that Dr. Dhafir's real crime was speaking out against the U.S. and U.K.-sponsored UN sanctions on Iraq.
More information can be found at her Web site: www.dhafirtrial.net.

Political Perspectives on 08/18/10

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Wed, 08/18/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness

Hosts Jay Thiemeyer and Jenny Westberg interview Robert Whitaker, author of the new book "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America." Whitaker's previous book was "Mad in America."

Whitaker talks about learning that between 1987 and 2007 the number of Americans disabled due to mental illness more than doubled despite a huge annual psychotropic drug tab. When he probed into clinical studies in prestigious scientific journals he noticed a shocking anomaly. Psychiatric drugs have repeatedly been shown to worsen mental illness.

Political Perspectives on 08/11/10

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Wed, 08/11/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Achieving a Steady-State Econmy

"Better Not Bigger - Reshaping the Economy for a Finite World."

Rob Dietz, the director of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, spoke on achieving a steady-state econmy on May 12th at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library,. His talk was recorded and produced by Roberta Hall, host of Health and Healthcare Forum.

According to Dietz, in a steady-state economy, energy and resource use are reduced to a level that is within ecological limits and the goal of maximizing GDP is replaced by the goal of maximizing quality of life.

 

Political Perspectives on 07/21/10

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Wed, 07/21/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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The FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Nick Bryant, author of The FRANKLIN SCANDAL: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal. The Franklin Scandal is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful.

http://www.franklinscandal.com/

Political Perspectives on 07/14/10

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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dean Baker on the origins of the economic crisis and the way out

Dean Baker Co-Director of the Center for Economics and Policy Research, on "The Origins of the Economic Crisis and the Way Out"

Economist, Dean Baker issued warning after warning of the housing bubble and impending collapse at at time when most economists refused to acknowledge the danger. In this talk, Baker explains how the collapse could have been prevented and what we should do now to bring down unemployment and accelerate recovery.

Recorded at the Madison Institute in Madison, Wisconsin in April 2010

Political Perspectives on 07/07/10

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Wed, 07/07/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Michael Parenti on Civil Liberties

Michael Paretni on Civil Liberties in the 21st Century, Part 1.

In his November 2009 lecture at the University of Hartford Dr. Michael
Parenti answers intriguing questions about democracy. Is US democracy a
result of capitalism as some claim - or does it exist - such as it is - in
spite of the current economic system. AND did the founding fathers even
envision a democratic system - and why were so many of them opposed to
democracy.

From TUC Radio http://www.tucradio.org
 

Political Perspectives on 07/07/10

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Wed, 07/07/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Michael Meade on Ecstatic Soul

Host Lyn Moelich speaks with mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade about how a sense of myth and story is required for making sense of the rapid changes in the world and for sustaining a sense of meaning and purpose in our individual lives.

Michael Meade will be appearing at the Old Church in Portland with evening of ecstatic poetry and sacred music, a combined song that voices the longings of the heart and whispers the nature of the soul. In dark and troubled times ancient peoples turned to the poets and mystics, not to escape reality, but to find solace, understanding, and inspiration. The mystics say that something that turns within us helps to make the world turn. They say that there is a "light seed grain inside; you fill it with yourself, or it dies."

Political Perspectives on 06/30/10

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Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Gasland, a film about the domestic natural gas drilling boom

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with filmmaker Josh Fox about his documentary "Gasland",.The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND.

Political Perspectives on 06/30/10

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Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Hunger in Oregon

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Rachel Bristol, chief executive officer of the Oregon Food Bank, about hunger in Oregon at the present time. High unemployment and a tough economy has forced record numbers of people to seek emergency food.

www.oregonfoodbank.org/

 

Political Perspectives on 06/23/10

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Wed, 06/23/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments.

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews H.P. Albarelli, author of "A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments."

Albarelli writes about the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials—including several who actually oversaw the CIA’s mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s. 

H. P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and newspapers across the nation and is the author of the novel The Heap. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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Political Perspectives--health care

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Tue, 09/29/2009

Excerpts from a special program on the health care crisis featuring Dr. Paul Hochfeld, Corvallis emergency room physician and one of the Mad as Hell Doctors who toured the country in September to build popular support for single payer. Interviewed by Peter Shapiro and Kevin Card.

  • Length: 34:53 minutes (23.95 MB)
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"Alien Boy" -- A Documentary about the Life and Death of James Chasse

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Wed, 09/16/2009

Trillium Shannon interviews Brian Lindstrom and Jason Renaud, co-producers of the documentary film "Alien Boy" about the life and death of James Chasse.

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Sex? Lies? No Videotapes! Sam Adams Recall Effort Based on Facts or Rumors?

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Wed, 09/16/2009

Stephanie Potter speaks with Walt Brown and his wife Beverly about their findings related to  the background leading to petition to recall Mayor Sam Adams.  Walt Brown is a former state senator, former Navy defense council and judge, and former law school professor at Lewis and Clark.  His wife Beverly has been an activist for over 30 years.  Both have looked deeply into the information about what Sam Adams did and didn't do and they urge people to base their judgments on facts, not rumors.   You can find more at their website:  http://www.waltbrown.org/   (last tab:  "Mayor Sam Adams").  Jason Wurster who is leading the recall effort calls in.

Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew--How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation

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Wed, 09/09/2009

 Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Thomas Frank, about The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation.

Public Lands

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Wed, 09/02/2009

Janine Blaeloch of the Western Lands Project talks about questionable practices in use when agencies such as the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and members of Congress, transfer ownership of public lands to private hands.

Sexual Violence in the Congo

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Wed, 08/26/2009

Erik Jorgensen speaks with Yvonne Simmons and Franciska Thiel about violence against women in the Congo, and the Clothesline Project.

Portland Communities Come out for Safety and Justice

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Tue, 08/18/2009

 On Political Perspectives you'll hear Andrea Cano on grassroots organizing against hate in our communities, a report back from the Peace and Unity Fest, and the inspiring struggle of workers in the Caribbean. 
The first half of the program was produced by Paul Mundy with interviewer Trillium Shannon. The second half, Building Bridges, produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash.

Dean Kuipers: Operation Bite Back

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Mon, 08/17/2009

Alison Milionis speaks with Los Angeles Times editor Dean Kuipers about his nonfiction book Operation Bite Back, which is about eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against environmentalists.

Chris Hedges: "Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle"

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Mon, 08/10/2009

 Marianne Barisonek interviews Chris Hedges about his new book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.   Publisher comments:  "Pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges charts the dramatic and disturbing rise of a post-literate society that craves fantasy, ecstasy and illusion and  argues that we now live in two societies: One, the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world, that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other, a growing majority, is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. In this “other society,” serious film and theatre, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins."

Heat Wave's Effects on the Elderly and the Homeless

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Thu, 07/30/2009

Jay Thiemeyer explores the heat wave through the eyes of the elderly, homeless, and alternatively housed communities in Portland. 

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Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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